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Not Your Mother's Guide to healthy, wholesome, family meals for the slow cooker.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 17th 2009 by Harvard Common Press (first published 2009)
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Laura
Feb 11, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
This series is great. Lots of everyday recipes for the family, with not too many ingredients. Most of these would take a family of 4 through two dinners, or at least a dinner and a lunch. The food is kid-friendly without being bland.

Highlights for me were the tomato basil and mushroom barley soups. Very easy, very good. Some of the pork recipes were also good, and they have a page and a half on easy soups you can cook in time for lunch. Some of the hints and tips are repeated from their other bo
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Amanda
Apr 09, 2013 Amanda rated it it was ok
I picked this up at the library today because I've been trying to find good slow cooker recipes lately. For one, pregnancy is kicking my butt and I am so tired by the time dinner comes around, I like the idea of starting dinner hours earlier when I have the energy to get it started. Also, with summer coming, I like to minimize my oven and stove top usage. I can put my crockpot outside to cook and not even have the extra heat in my kitchen.

This book, however, was nauseatingly pretentious:

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Amy
Oct 21, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
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I didn't really like Hensperger's first slow cooker cookbook because she tended to ruin lots of the recipes with ingredients like ketchup, mustard, and vinegar. However, the recipes in this cookbook are much, much, much better. One thing that I appreciate about her cookbooks are that she tends to call for whole foods rather than processed foods as ingredients for the most part. This cookbook also has quite a variety of recipes that aren't just a hunk of meat in a slow cooker with a different sau ...more
Kristen Northrup
Jun 27, 2010 Kristen Northrup rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this cookbook because several friends had raved about others in the series. And it does (mostly) read well. Many delicious sounding recipes and a really handy general advice section. But at least a few recipes are missing steps on closer reading (although the publisher is great about promptly replying to emails with the answer). And the two recipes I actually tested turned out very badly. One was hurt on several levels by too much oil and (and!) butter and one was just bland ...more
Sandra
Mar 04, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reference to those who like to cook
Most of the recipes call for buying special ingredients, spices, herbs, that one may not have on hand. I think the purpose of a Slow Cooker is to simplify cooking, or make a great meal without heating up the house, or when you are in a rush. But not to make a gourmet meal that you need to go out and buy ingredients you may only use that once. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that, but the author takes slow cooking up a notch. Obviously her intent. Therefore the book would not be too useful ...more
Judy Heintz
Jan 16, 2014 Judy Heintz rated it liked it
it has some interesting recipes, just not many my family would eat
Camela
Feb 22, 2010 Camela rated it really liked it
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I am so excited about this cookbook! We don't get out of church until 5:00, so my slow cooker is my best friend lately. This cookbook has ideas for breakfast (I can't wait to try steel-cut oats), light and fresh dinners, plus sides. I think I may have to go buy this one since someone else wants it from the library. Yes, I love to read cookbooks!
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Beth Hensperger is a passionate professional- and home- baker who is both extremely creative and extraordinarily prolific as an author and developer of quality recipes. Her training included a ten-year apprenticeship as a restaurant and hotel pastry chef as well as having her own custom wedding cake business and attending classes given by some of the top bakers in America. Though restaurant traine ...more
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